The Vietnam - US Society and the US Associated Press (AP) held a workshop in Hanoi on June 12 to highlight media and the development of relations between the two countries over the past two decades.

Chairman of the society Nguyen Tam Chien stressed the AP’s contributions to covering the real war in Vietnam through its vivid photos of battlefields.

The photo of Venerable Thich Quang Duc setting himself on fire 1963 by American photographer Malcolm Browne and the photo of a girl burned by napalm bomb in 1972 by Vietnamese American photographer Nick Ut are among the most famous portrayals.

As one of the largest news agencies, the AP is hoped to continue covering Vietnam’s development to readers around the world, including the American people, to increase the Vietnam-US friendship, solidarity and cooperation.

Director of the AP in Asia Ted Anthony said the ongoing visit of the AP delegation to Vietnam aims to mark the normalisation of relations between Vietnam and the US two decades ago, as well as study the situation in Vietnam and organise activities to strengthen bilateral friendship and diplomatic ties.

Representatives from the Vietnam Journalists Association, the Vietnam News Agency, and the Vietnam People’s Army newspaper participated in the event to share experience in digital journalism with AP partners.

The AP, which is headquartered in New York, provides news to around 1,700 newspapers and 5,000 video and radio programmes in the world.-VNA